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CD REVIEW: Working, A Musical – Original London Cast Recording

Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor Reviewer: Mark Clegg Based on Stud Terkel’s 1974 book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, Working: A Musical was the brainchild of Stephen Schwartz way back in 1975. The book and ...

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Wicked – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Nicole Craft With Wicked having won over 100 major international awards, being in its 12th year in the West End, having a second go at a UK tour and possessing an instantly recognisable protagonist thanks to its Wizard of Oz roots, it would be easy to assume everybody ...

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Wicked – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Helen Patrick Soaring back to Liverpool on a gravity-defying emerald green wave of popularity, the multi-million-pound mega-musical Wicked delivers on every level, every beat and every minute of its runtime. Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman from Gregory Maguire’s book of the same name, the story looks at the ...

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Pippin – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book: Roger O. Hinson Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Tate James The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester has had plenty of magic to do since it first opened its doors less than two years ago, and its latest in-house production is just as ambitious, and they mount the 1970s musical Pippin, by Stephen Schwartz. Pippin is ...

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Working – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Studs Terkel Adaptors: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the eyes of America's current President, the triple whammy of globalisation, de-industrialisation and illegal immigration has snuffed out working life in large parts of his country. Therefore, there can be nothing more timely than the reminder of the values of work that comes from ...

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Children of Eden – Union Theatre, London

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: John Caird Director: Christian Durham Musical director: Inga Davis-Rutter Choreographer:Lucie Pankhurst Reviewer: David Guest Any musical that contains the memorable line, “Oh Noah... you go-a... all the way back to the protozoa” must be worth more than a passing glance. When Children of Eden first hit the West End stage 25 years ago it ...

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Wicked – The Alhambra, Bradford

Image Credit: Matt Crockett

Writer: Winnie Holzman (Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire) Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Beverley Haigh As a spin-off from The Wizard of Oz, undoubtedly one of the most famous musicals of all time, Wicked is fast becoming of equal standing, paralleling its predecessor in becoming an iconic show in its own right. As the ...

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CD REVIEW: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Studio Cast Recording

Hunchback Studio Cast Recording promo image

Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Reviewer: Mark Clegg The Hunchback of Notre Dame was always going to be a hard sell for a Disney movie and despite being perfectly animated and having the obligatory happy ending, it was greeted with middling reviews and disappointing box office when it was released in 1996. But it has remained a ...

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